September 24, 2012
From September 27 through approximately October 12, Kenmore Mercy’s south roadway entrance, adjacent to Westchester Boulevard, will be closed to car traffic. Construction crews will be widening the south entrance in preparation for the new ER’s access roadway and additional sidewalks and walkways.
“Our goal is to ensure safe and comfortable access to our hospital services for our patients and visitors,” said Walt Ludwig, chief operating office for Kenmore Mercy.
Parking will remain open in all parking lots; however, pedestrians may need to use the front sidewalk along Elmwood to access the hospital at times.
To accommodate patients and visitors with special needs, all handicap parking will be moved to the front north lot during this period.
The steel erection crane recently arrived with the first truckload of structural steel. Steel phase activities include hoisting, laying out, placing, connecting, welding, burning, bracing, bolting, plumbing and rigging structural steel, steel joists, and metal buildings.
Because the steel work phase of the project involves a great deal of welding, Robert J. Fritschi, facility planner for Catholic Health, reminds onlookers of the project. “As with any major construction project, it is not recommended to stare at the flashpoint of the welding as a precaution.”
The building shell is anticipated to be completed by year end allowing for interior work to be done during the colder weather.
Expected to be completed in summer 2013, the $14 million construction project will result in a 24,000 square-foot addition to the south side of the hospital.
During construction, all hospital and ER services are operating as usual. However, hospital entrances and parking will require temporary modifications to accommodate the construction.